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The UK is a rich landscape of regional accents and dialects, each evidence of our society’ s continuity and change, our local history and our day-to-day lives. This site, aimed at A-Level English students across the UK, captures and celebrates the diversity of spoken English in the second half of the twentieth century.
Founded more than a century ago, the American Dialect Society is dedicated to the study of the English language in North America, and of other languages, or dialects of other languages, influencing it or influenced by it.
The International Dialects of English Archive, IDEA, was created in 1997 as a repository of primary source recordings for actors and other artists in the performing arts. Its home is the Department of Theatre and Film at the University Of Kansas, in Lawrence, KS, USA; while associate editors form a global network. All recordings are in English, are of native speakers, and you will find both English language dialects and English spoken in the accents of other languages. The recordings are downloadable and playable for both PC and Macintosh computers.
This site relates to the Eastern half of Yorkshire, i.e. the whole of the East Riding and the Eastern half of the North Riding. The dialects for the West Riding and the Western half of the North Riding differ considerably both from each other and the Eastern half of Yorkshire.
In this course, I use the term DIALECT to mean a language variety which differs from other language varieties in grammar and vocabulary; and ACCENT to mean the way any dialect is pronounced (note that the word 'accent' has several other meanings ... reach for the dictionary...)
Nonstandard dialects often use the same form for past tense and past participle of irregular verbs for which the standard language has distinct forms. One possible reason would be that some speakers have a nonstandard system of verb qualifiers (tense, mood, and aspect markers) in which the past tense/past participle distinction is functionally redundant.
Dialect differences are one of the most interesting features of language, but also one of the most controversial, particularly in schools. Dialects are varieties of a language that contrast in pronunciation, grammatical patterns, and vocabulary and that are associated with geographic area and social class.
Proposals by a school board in California to recognize the dialect used by most of its pupils unleashed a ferocious media attack. Why did the press get things so wrong, and why were the proposals so virulently ridiculed?
This contribution to the study of African American Vernacular English [AAVE] is an interpretation of the special linguistic features of this dialect in the light of its co-existence with other co-territorial dialects of English. It is far removed from the notion that AAVE can be seen as a system in itself, analyzed without reference to other dialects, which has been repeated theme of research in this area from the very beginnings to the present day.
AAVE is a form of American English spoken primarily by African Americans. Although an AAVE speaker's dialect may exhibit regional variation, there are still many salient features. The speaker's ideolect could contain all or only a few of these features.
To this day, there is much confusion about the intent of the 1996 Oakland School Board Resolution on "ebonics," as it was called in the legislation, known among scholars in the field as African-American Vernacular English (AAVE).
The AAE Working Group is committed to the objective study of African American English (AAE) as a legitimate dialect of English. We are establishing guidelines to distinguish language differences and similarities between AAE and Standard American English (SAE) so that language professionals can diagnose language problems more accurately for AAE speakers.
This lively hour-long public radio show, broadcast across North American and hosted by Grant Barrett and Martha Barnette, takes calls from listeners who have questions about all aspects of language: grammar, punctuation, usage, word origins, dialects, foreign languages, regional expressions, and more. Plus, each show features a word puzzle and a language quiz. You can listen via radio, MP3, podcast, or directly on the web site.
Whether you've just learned the English language or are simply seeking to improve your pronunciation, Paul Meier can help you. Paul is an industry leader in dialect instruction for ESL students; film and television actors; and regional-dialect speakers needing "accent reduction."